Backcountry riding is carved deep into the roots of snowboarding. Rail, park, and urban shredding are tons of fun and all take supreme board control, don’t get us wrong, but nothing can compare to the feeling of getting first tracks and busting out those huge pow slashes on a bluebird day. Whether you are fortunate enough to be near a mountain that has some solid backcountry, or you make due with a smaller, yet still awesome local hill and aspire to tackle larger lines, you can still appreciate this collection of photos of Travis Rice, Eero Niemela, Eric Jackson, Lucas Debari, Jake Blauvelt, Romain de Marchi, Annie Boulanger, Blair Habenicht, Taka Nakai, Austin Smith, Chris Beresford, and Nicolas Müller slashing pow, sending tricks deep, and shooting chutes.

- Jeff Malin

More Tease the Season photo galleries:
Tease the Season – GIFs
Tease the Season – Powder
Tease the Season — Terrain Park
Tease the Season – Street
Teaser the Season – Women